The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew - Alan Lightman

Concise, lucid, and elegant in the scientific as well as other senses, Lightman’s essays ask complicated and fascinating questions to which there are some immediate answers but also opportunities for long-term speculation. A physicist as well as a novelist, Lightman extols rationality but admires a universe whose laws allow for surprise and spontaneity (or is it just that we’re surprised by the laws we find?). He reminds us that science has made a lot of discoveries but that it doesn’t know everything. He’s also open to ideas about a multi-verse and about the extent of nature’s predictability—do the laws as we observe them on Earth hold for the far reaches of the cosmos, places (if that’s the right word) we’ll never actually experience?

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780345805959
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014